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Education Department Announces $11 Million for 40 Additional Upward Bound Projects to Help Students Access and Succeed in Higher Education


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The U.S. Department of Education announced its second set of awards for 40 Upward Bound projects, which will help close to 3,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to access and succeed in college. They are designed to increase both the high school graduation and college completion rates of low-income, first-generation students.

These 40 grants, totaling more than $11 million, add to the first slate of 780 Upward Bound awards announced in May of this year.  Together the program is providing a total of over $268.2 million to serve more than 62,500 students.

“The Upward Bound program has a legacy of helping low-income and first-generation students enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in the workforce and America’s economic life,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These new grants will continue to make a difference in the lives of students and families -- nurturing, motivating, and challenging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their dream of getting a college education and contributing to our Nation’s prosperity.”

Due to the expiration of College Cost Reduction and Access Act funds, about $57 million less money was available for Upward Bound grants in 2012 than was awarded in the last competition. Despite the reduction, increased efficiencies and new funding strategies made it possible for the Department to serve almost the same number of students as it did in the last competition.

In the FY2012 competition, the Department took steps to strategically align Upward Bound with overarching reform strategies for K-12 and to further enhance the Administration’s 2020 college completion goal. Through the inclusion of targeted preference priorities, many of this year’s grantees will be serving more students in the persistently lowest-achieving schools; emphasizing data to help drive decision-making; and being more productive to make better use of resources in achieving improved results. It also introduced a new funding framework that created strong incentives for applicants to serve additional students, while still having a safety valve that gave less efficient applicants room to improve.

A complete list of the 40 grant award recipients follows:

Recipients

State

Grant

Gadsden State Community College/ Anniston

AL

$       250,000

Pasadena City College

CA

$       250,000

Sonoma State University

CA

$       250,000

LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc./ Colorado Springs

CO

$       250,000

Metropolitan State College

CO

$       377,395

Indian River State College

FL

$       262,500

Boise State University

ID

$       250,000

University of Idaho/ Clearwater Valley

ID

$       250,000

Near North Development Corporation

IL

$       262,500

Roosevelt University

IL

$       250,000

University of Chicago

IL

$       495,708

ASAP Plus, Inc.

KY

$       248,760

Kentucky State University

KY

$       250,000

COPE, Inc.

LA

$       250,000

Dillard University

LA

$       293,163

University of Maine/ Farmington

ME

$       250,000

Monroe County Community College

MI

$       250,000

Monroe County Community College

MI

$       250,000

Siena Heights University

MI

$       339,722

College of St. Scholastica

MN

$       354,560

Dakota County Technical College

MN

$       250,000

College of Mount St. Joseph

OH

$       250,000

Northern Oklahoma College/Enid

OK

$       250,000

Southwestern Oregon Community College

OR

$       250,000

Tigard Tualatin School District 23J

OR

$       250,000

ASPIRA, Inc. of Puerto Rico

PR

$       335,663

Inter American University of Puerto Rico/ Barranquitas

PR

$       555,554

Universidad Metropolitana/ Bayamon University Center

PR

$       249,999

Dyersburg State Community College

TN

$       309,948

Opportunity Resource Services

TX

$       250,000

Southern Methodist University

TX

$       250,000

Southwestern University

TX

$       250,000

Tarrant County College/ Fort Worth

TX

$       262,500

Utah Valley State College/ Orem

UT

$       346,874

Old Dominion University

VA

$       336,500

University of Vermont State & Agricultural Co.

VT

$       262,500

Department of Public Instruction

WI

$       250,000

Forward Service Corporation/ Spooner

WI

$       262,500

University of Wisconsin/ Stevens Point

WI

$       414,415

Davis & Elkins College/ Elkins

WV

$       250,000